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CASE STUDY – Wayne
In June 2016 Wayne, an ex-service user at HOPE expressed his clear vision for the future. He wants to become a Youth Worker, to support those abusing substances as he had previously. He would like to target younger people, and try and educate them before they begin to misuse substances as a coping mechanism.
On the 19th of January 2017 we caught up with Wayne again. Now 35, Wayne has finally and successfully finished his rehabilitation. He is living in shared accommodation in Rotherham and has secured an Internship at “Lighthouse Homes” a part-time Support role which, he finds both challenging and exciting. He explained; “I like being able to support and help those who are going through what I’ve been through myself in the past”. He went on; “I help to get people to attend rehabilitation as a means to get them off of drugs, and to educate them on the importance of taking only prescribed medication. Lighthouse is a safe environment, somewhere that can help to keep them “levelled”.”
As well as his Internship, Wayne also volunteers and does outreach through the Drug Awareness organisation – CGL (Change, Grow, Live). He goes out onto the streets seeking those who are homeless, and looks to offer advice and support to those who may be open to drugs Wayne told us that; “I talk to people as individuals and let them know what support is out there – whether that’s CGL or other services. We invite them to come in and talk about their issues, over a hot meal we encourage them to open up and begin to address their demons”.
Wayne is rightly pleased to have restored his family connections. He now regularly speaks to his children again, something which he hadn’t been able to do for many years. And, he will be getting married in May, something which he is particularly looking forward to.
Although Wayne’s Internship will soon be coming to an end, he is hopeful another opportunity will become available, either with the Lighthouse or elsewhere, which will allow him to further develop his career.
We at HOPE are extremely proud of Wayne and how far he has come, we wish him all the very best for his future. He is an exemplar that other young people can emulate, someone that many in society would have written off but who, with support and guidance, has grasped the chances offered and completely turned his life around.
You can read Wayne’s journey from homeless here: http://www.hopeservices.org.uk/case-studies/wayne-case-study/